Colin P. McGuire is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Music at University College Cork, Ireland. He holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology and an MA in Electroacoustic Composition from York University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies from the York Centre for Asian Research. Writ large, his work centres on music and the body.

Currently, McGuire is researching music and martial arts in order to examine transmission processes, body-experience, and heroic display. Between 2008 and 2016, participant observation and performance ethnography fieldwork on Chinese kung fu, the lion dance ritual, and percussion music was conducted at Toronto, Canada’s Hong Luck Kung Fu Club. Through investigations of intertextual meanings, transnational identity construction, and resistance to oppression, McGuire contributes to wider discussions of embodiment and diaspora. More broadly, he is interested in how being attentive to choreomusical connections between movement and sound can contribute to our socio-cultural understandings of relationships, values, and beliefs.

As a composer and sound artist, McGuire has worked with dancers and choreographers like the Little Pear Garden Dance Company and Ballet Creole’s Patrick Parson. Under the DJ/producer pseudonym Ronin E-Ville, his eclectic electronic dance music (EDM) has been in the Top 20 of Canada’s campus/community radio charts for electronica and was also licensed to the Gemini Award-winning TV show Departures.

Research & Teaching Interests


Music & Martial Arts; Drumming in Chinese Kung Fu & Lion Dance; Martial Arts Film Music; Music & Identity; Music & Diaspora; Music & Embodiment; Ethnographic Methods; Intertextual Discourse Analysis; Phenomenology; Interdisciplinary Research; World Musics; North American Popular Musics (Rock, Hip Hop, & EDM); Jazz & Blues

Music Technology

DJ Culture; Consumers as DJs; Technoculture; Music Technology & Performance; Aesthetics & Ethics of Sampling; Ontology of Digital Audio; Intersections of Art & Popular Musics; Interdisciplinary Collaboration; Electroacoustic & Post-Acousmatic Music; Sound Art